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Marisa Reichardt is the debut author of contemporary young adult novel Underwater. She lives in Los Angeles, California, and loves the beach, cake and Trojan football.
This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and traumatic event at school. She survived, though others didn’t, and though she knows she should be happy to be alive, instead she’s afraid of living. She becomes a recluse, seldom leaving her apartment and seeing no-one but her mother, little brother and her counsellor. The arrival of a new neighbour, Evan, slowly reminds her of all that she is missing. The cause of her trauma emerges gradually, and the book shows us all how it is possible to recover from terrible shock and grief and to reclaim your life. ~ Andrea Reece April 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. The author, Marisa Reichardt says; “I was intentional in wanting to write about the after effects of a tragedy and trying to find the hope and healing there. Unfortunately, tragic events like those in Underwater have become so frequent that we have all likely been affected by them in some way. Life can change in one day, with one act, and Underwater is very much a story about that.”